>> another child is mourned in gaza as a fresh ceasefire is agreed. >> negotiators in cairo say the ceasefire will begin in three hours' time. you are watching the aljazeera news hour live from london. >> western governments in iraq tackle the islamic say the group. >> battle for donetsk, ukraine forces continue to found pro-russian separatists. >> turkey's minorities vote in
presidential elections. looks like he's getting the job. >> we begin in gaza where a ceasefire is due to start in three hours' time approximately details were flashed out in cairo with egypt negotiating. since the assaults began a month ago, 64 israeli soldiers and three civilians, including a thai national have been killed. gaza's health minute city said 1,139 palestinians have been killed, nearly three quarters are civilians. nearly 10,000 palestinians have been wounded. about 170,000 people have living in 89 u.n. shelters. we have reaction from gaza and jerusalem in a few moment' time.
first, the violence inside the strip, which is bombard road and blockaded by air, land and sea. >> another funeral, another broken palestinian family. friends and relatives mourn at men carry the body of the 35-year-old woman to her grave. she was killed in an israeli air strike on her house in the southern gaza strip. close by in the town of rafah, children climb over the rubble after more airstrikes on homes. >> when they said we have five minutes to believe, we run away. that he attacked two house us. mine and my brother's house were destroyed. we worked all our life to make a house and in one might be, they destroy it. >> in the refugee camp lay another bowed, another young life ended, her home here like the mosque that was attacked close by.
>> about 2:00 a.m., they told the people to leave the house. when the people left their houses, they fired the warning missile. up to 45 minute, they fired two missiles toward the mosque. they destroyed it. >> drones had you ever over this residential area built with money donated by the united arab emirates, another densely populated target. >> thousands still living in this building here in the refugee camp, now residents say that was an initial drone strike as a warning and 10 minutes later, a massive air strike. it's a miracle no one was killed in this attack. not even the resting places for the dead in gaza are safe anymore. >> even some cemeteries like this one have been hit, the graves destroyed. efforts to secure a lasting truce seem as remote as ever. ceasefire after ceasefire has failed with both sides blaming
the other for starting the violence again. >> it is terrible. there is no power, no water, no work. people are searching for gasoline and food. there is no life here at the moment. >> we have suffered weeks of this war. there are many displaced people. there is a water crisis, houses destroyed. we pray this will soon end. >> the people of gaza ever endured more than a month of not knowing where to run and when piece will come. the people, exhausted, and afraid. charles stratford, aljazeera, gaza. >> andrew simmons is live for us now in gaza. as we've been hearing another day of bombardment and airstrikes, has there been much of a reaction to the prospect of another few days of respite and ceasefire. >> you think that celebration and people on the streets pretty
welcoming what's going on, but not in gaza. nine is convinced that this will work, but people are encouraged by it. they're grasping on to any hope they can. we're hearing that this ceasefire is meant to go in at midnight here. there's a rather unfortunate habit in these wars, conflict in gaza for ceasefires to feature a lot of activity ahead of the hour coming into force. the key moment will be this deadline. there are more than half a dozen ceasefires in this conflict in the past month that have failed. of course, the three day one works. they couldn't extend it, and in the three days that have been ensued since that failure to extend, many people have died. they've been described as sort of a lower grade warfare than the rest of the conflict, but
the lift of dead has been extended, and in the past hour, in fact, past two hours, i should say, sad to report that three more dead people in units on airstrikes, one dead in shelling. this happened a short time after the announcement of the confirmation of the ceasefire, and also, reports of 10 bodies in total being recovered from the rubble in major clear up operations, going on all over the gaza strip. that's a situation right now, marian. >> andrew in gaza, thank you. >> kimberly joins is live from west jerusalem. what you are hearing about the israelis now agreeing to this 72 hour ceasefire? >> well, there have been a number of top and prominent israeli officials have been speaking on the israeli media. one of the key reactions to this announcement that there is an agreement that is set to take
place in roughly three hours' time, if the ceasefire holds, the israeli military will respect it. after so many days of diplomatic deadlock, it means the two sides can resume indirect talks with egyptian made 80s on the real root cause of this conflict. from the israeli side, they have been saying they're looking for a demilitarization of hamas, ham sass saying this is a red line that cannot be crossed. for the palestinians, it is the lifting of a blockade leaving 1.8 million living in an open air prison, the economy crippled, no ability to travel. we've got just an agreement for the pause in the fight be for 72 hours. the real hope that is now the two sides can begin to address the real root cause of this
conflict. >> thanks very much. let's go to aljazeera senior political analyst in the studio. we have an agreement on a 72 hour ceasefire, the israelis are heading back to cairo. i guess we can't lose sight of really one of the key sticking points or the palestinians and the one of the around. >> lying causes of this current round of violence, the lifting of the siege. we seem to be no closer to that happening. >> that's correct. the point of departure is actually very important. just as israeli's demand that there should be an end to rocket being launched toward israel, which is, you know, white a sound demand by israel not to have its citizens threatened, the palestinians consider the siege and occupation as a state of war. they consider themselves under seen, meaning under a state of war by israeli. hence, at least they demand the end of the siege. they think if israeli requires that demand of ending the
rocket, certainly israeli must end the siege. now, they're going to the negotiation in cairo on two separate footings here. the israelis have gotten c. for results, but the palestinians or hamas has got an a for effort. this is a symmetricle ill imbal. hamas has become popular by simply withstanding the israeli offensive. now going to cairo, hamas is much popular the israelis are not going to budge on the idea that they want guarantees that there should be no rockets against israel. there's absolutely no way they will budge on that. however, in return, what are they ready to give? the palestinians want as
minimum, at minimum lifting the siege. that means opening the crossings. hamas insists that gas needs to be open at least to the west bank, meaning palestinian needs to open up as a state in materials of its areas and west gaza. the injured, the sick needs to be allowed to leave and certainly the reconstruction of gaza needs to get underway. >> what about egypt's role in this? israel isn't going to give into any of these demands unless the rocket fire staples. given the hostility between hamas and the sort of post morsi administration in egypt, can they maintain that traditional role? >> originally, i would have thought that it would have been wise on the part of the al sisi regime to embrace hamas as the victim of occupation in order to show that their problem is not with muslim brotherhoods in general, that they are problem
was with the particular phase of muslim brotherhood in egypt itself. however, leaks from the talks tell us more and how how there is a certain benign position toward the palestinians and perhaps they are siding with israeli. having said that, for the time being, there is no escape from having egypt mediate these talks, because egypt is the more important neighbor. it is there and or the livelihood of gaza and the long term, they need egypt. anyway you take it, egypt is going to be an important player. will it stop be impartial that what is israel and embase it as an honest broker remains to be seen. >> do you sense international pressure is lessening somewhat for are a ceasefire than where it was perhaps a few weeks ago because of other challenges
reemerging in the reason? >> certainly isis and iraq has taken the air from the tires of this process in gaza towards ending the siege. you know, actually a very interesting dynamic, israel has defended so much on its allies and dictator ship in the region, that is spinninging off. the french and americans have spoken about embarrassing attacks in gaza, spoken about war crimes and so fort. also other countries in the region are more preoccupied with iraq. i think israeli's support is decreasing, but if you look at the demonstration ins london this weekend, in south africa, throughout the world, popular or people's power as it were is really laning up behind the palestinians position. the people are lining behind the
unified palestinian position. all in all, there's an interesting dynamic behind the palestinians against israelis. time is not on israeli's side in this, because israeli is the hop larr occupier. the longer this takes, israel becomes weaker and weaker. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> still to come, the tag ban target a nato convoy and suicide bombing in afghanistan. >> i want to dance like a ballet. i want to be a ballet full. >> help to go create a new generation of south african dancers. >> rory mcilroy's on course to win back-to-back majors, the latest coming up in the world of sport. >> northern iraq, kurdish forces there supported by u.s. airstrikes have now broken
through the defenses of fighters from the islamic state group. forty kilometers south of the kurdish capitol, the city is strategically important, on the road to kirkuk. the success of the forces it founded on the united states further air strikes. meanwhile, french and humanitarian air arrived in erbile and the u.k. made aid drops to the area. the supplies are part of an international response to the tens of thousands of refugees now trapped on a desert mountain top in sinjar. we have more from northern iraq. >> they are fighting just southwest of the kurdish capitol in the town where u.s. airstrikes early this morning hit targets with the islamic state group fighters.
they said they had armed trucks in tent on launching attacks on kurdish forces, as well as other target. the per mer gwen in and managed to regain the city. three. >> r. >> many of still trapped out food or water. the u.s. have dropped food and water by helicopter to try to help them, but many remain out of range for help. kurdish officials have opened a corridor to the mountain and up to 5,000 people have come down. we've season some of these people who have walked for hours down the mountain in the past
day. they tell hoar remember douse stories of women dying in childbirth, children dying, intense slurring. a visit by the french foreign minister to reinforce france's commitment to humanitarian aid. that's the scene with europeans in other countries, saying they do not want to get involved in military help but do want to help with this widening humanitarian crisis. >> asked to form a government, that's as the war rages on. fighter jets killed 13 and injured 20, according to local activists. aljazeera has been told that in the eight attic aftermath, doctors performed an emergency c-section on a woman injured by shrapnel. the city is controlled by islamic state fighters. >> the ukraine again government surrounded the city of donetsk and demand the rebels surrender. the pro-russian fighters want a
ceasefire and say without one, there will be a humanitarian catastrophe. ukrainian forces are gaining territory from the pro-russian fighters in eastern ukraine, in june, holding large portions of the area. ukrainian forces are said to have completely circle would the separatists in donetsk. fighting continues for possession of the city, whoever controls this city controls major road to the russian border. the city around donetsk, the largest city held by pressure rebel forces, but has led to a ceasefire. we have more from the eastern city of slovyansk. >> the money telecom center was on fire. apparently, it was hit by a shell, one of many buildings
coming under fire from cow craneian forces. >> the ukrainian telecom building is on fire. that's what it is, because the shell exploded and set it on fire. they are firing mortars. >> almost half of the city's 1 million strong population has now left. unable to cope with this, many people are still trying to get out. others are seeking shelter. even the maternity unit at the hospital has been forced to go underground to escape the violence. ukraine's military appears to have the upper hand, pushing forward, cutting off their enemy supply routes and say they won't stop fighting until they've driven the pro-russian separatists from the east. >> the initiative has to be shown with practical actions and not words. if they come up and lay down their articles, nobody is going
to shoot at them. we've seen just the statement. >> the ukrainian forces trying to build on the successes they've made in the last few days. even in areas back under their control, they're leaving nothing to chance. >> all this is the people who live in the east, trying to find safety wherever they can. aljazeera, slovyansk. >> the votes in turkey's presidential election have nearly all been counted, and the prime minister is on course to win. bernard smith has more from the kurdish capitol. >> casting his vote in istanbul, easy on cause to make history as this country's first president elected bay bop larr vote. the most he could have hoped for was to take the round to a second round runoff. the 44-year-old democratic diplomat hasn't been able to
compete. >> it's strategy of theirs to find a common candidate, because as you mentioned today, the country has been very much polarized by mr. erdon. a political figure might become interesting for the waters. >> a third candidate can count on the support of the majority of kurdish voters. this is the mausoleum of the founder of the modern secular turkish republic. urdon is cementing his legacy with a series of ground infrastructure projects, part of a program called target, target 2023. that is what he hopes he will
still be in power. >> before he can really transform the presidency, he'll need parliament to back changes to the constitution. turks should be ready for a journey into unchartered political waters. >> let's go live to bernard smith. it looks at though the prime minister may have won the countries first ever direct presidential election. looks like he'll avoid that runoff. >> yes, it will. he seems that he's more than 50% of the vote needed to win. you'll for the songs blasting out this past hour. he is expected not long from now. he will give his victory speech
from the balcony behind me. the people, the last rally, he said he would be president for all turks, not just those who voted for him. it may take a more you a that are tarian tone. he wants to turn the presidency. he said he will exercise power for all the people. >> what hill his priorities be? >> well, i think his priority physically first of all is to get him to the presidential office and to make that presently as i say, more executive and ceremonial. the moment as soon as he's declared the president, he has
to cut his political ties. that's in the constitution. has he to cut his political ties. what he needs to make sure he can do is whoever's going to become prime minister is going to have to be able to work with the president. these are unchartered political waters for this country, so after he assumes the presidency, it will then be the party deciding who is going to become prime minister. he has already said he wants to be an executive president. he's going to have to choose a prime minister who is going to happily work in exercising more powers. >> thank you. we are joined by a guest. this is the first time the people are electing a president by popular vote. what does this mean the prime
minister's power in the country and how could it change the entire system of governance in turkey? >> first of all, this is really historic and landmark victory. importance of people choosing their own president is quite historic, too. that was 50 years to achieve the governments. more than 52% of the people electing the president literally giving a huge capitol to him to spend it. he is checking the constitution and said i am not going to sit on the money, rather i am be empleamenting whatever power constitution is providing me. this is a dramatic change and may pull some five paradigm shift of turkish government
insisting, because one way or another, it's the conflicture of the thing because we are going for elected parliament and president. there might be essential issues overlapping, but right now seems to have from same party, it could not create some crisis, but we don't really know -- >> you talk about the risks of you have an overlapping situation. what sort of difficulties or challenges could that bring about, then? >> since they are both prime minister and the president is elected right now, both of them are having their consist powers and they will try govern the entire country. this is a conflictual issue.
erdwan made several attempts to replace the constitution, but that did not take place. we had that issue after the 2007 presidential elections. in that election seven years ago, the justice and rupp party was trying too erect president. there was intervention antcries happened. we were able to elect a president. they changed the electric to really system for the president -- >> there are some people concerned about the appearance a mandate gives him. we understand the crackdown on anti-government protests, corruption scandals, problems with the judicial system. is there question even though he has directly won this election and it is a mandate, he'll avoid a runoff, are there still questions about his legitimacy
to be in such a powerful position? >> i mean, this could be a powerful debate, when you're asking a leader who just won 52% of the popular vote, if you follow that line, there is not a single democracy in the world that cannot be questioned. >> but there has been instability in turkey and there are concerns about the way the prime minister has handled that. how will he manage his shift to the presidency? >> that's a legitimate question, but yes, you're right, there are many issues last year. actually, i mean starting from may 2013 until this day, there
are plenty of crisis in turkish democracy. there's a cries of clash between a and government and protest in jesse park. i'm not expecting radical shift in his policies rewarding those issues, but there should abdifference and that difference will be government will be more at the for front dealing with these issues and he is going to be a little bit in awkward position, working with his government. it depends how he is going to work. >> it was good to get your analysis, appreciate it. still to come for you on aljazeera. >> how many more of our brothers, sisters, mothers must die before people do something? >> bangladesh's terry service in chaos. >> i'm in northern spain, where
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>> welcome back, you're watching the aljazeera news hour. israel and the palestinians agreed to a new ceasefire which is due to begin in less than three hours. a delegation returns to cairo to regime indirect talks. unofficial polls suggest with nearly all the votes counted, urduon has been elected the president of turkey. >> kurdish forces supported by airstrikes have broken through islamic state defenses in iraq, overtaking the city 40 kilometers from erbil. >> ebola is affecting more than just health. it's damaging the economy in
liberia and sierra leone. >> as with africa's economy, the fight on the ebola outbreak, businesses are feeling the pinch. domestic demand driven by consumer fears, it's taking its toll on business. vegetables, fish and other food stuff, some suppliers have been staying away. >> economists see mixed fortunes for major businesses. >> the sector that will loose is the airline industry. nigeria have a huge population that travel in and out a lot. the industry that we gain are the sanitary industries, business is booming. people are looking for hygiene
products. >> liberia, sierra leon are hit by the outbreak. they have been forced to device their economic outbreak as they fight the virus. ebola and fear it has generated is affecting everything from food prices to transport fairs. it's trade with african nations that ebola has dealt the biggest blow. african countries cannot do without trading with each other. most nigerian products are shipped to other countries. >> despite a drastic slow down in economies and revenues, current indications are that up
to $12 million in government revenue has been loft in liberia since the emergency began. small money by international standards, but a huge figure for lieery in a and its neighbors. >> the trial against former egyptian president hosni mubarak continues in cairo. charges are complicity and the uprising. some say the u.s. was behind the revolution. he said it was part of what he calls washington's new middle east plan. >> aljazeera is demanding the release of its three journalists, now jim prisoned for 225 days. they were falsely accused of supporting the muslim brotherhood. two were given seven year
sentences, the third an extra three years for having a spent bullet in his possession which he picked up at a protest. >> four civilians have been killed in a suicide bombing in afghanistan. the convoy was traveling a main road in kabul. twenty have been wounded. the taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. we have more from kabul. >> that war bomb left a crater in the main road here, on a road that leads to the parliament. there are several universities on that road. killed, four civilians, two children, a woman a understand a man and 35 afghans injured, according to the chief of police here. while the target of that attack was a nato convoy, nato is traveling in very heavily armored vehicles and there were no nato injuries. the taliban claimed responsibility for that attack. even though target was military
as is so often the case, civilians bear the brunt of the attack, the united nations saying civilian injuries and death in the first six months of 2014 are 2004% higher than they were over the same period last year. this all happened in a large transition year, even as there are fewer and fewer nato troops in the country, they continue to be a target for the taliban, as is so often the case here, civilians bear the brunt, four civilians killed, 34 injured in kabul. >> the crash of a passenger train in tehran, 39 people aboard were killed. another nine survived. it came down after takeoff from iran's busy evident airport. entire fleets have now been grounded. >> 44 people killed and another 11 injured after a tourist bus
crashed hindi bet. it went off a cliff after a collision with two other vehicles. the passengers were mainly chinese tourists. >> the falling safety record of ferries in bangladesh, on average, a ferry capsized every year, killing hundreds. monday, dozens of people died. we have a report on the longest ferry route in the country, to the island. >> people waiting for the bodies to be found, a familiar site. on average, a ferry capsizes once a year, killing hundreds. thousands of died i in the past8 years. the entire ferry system is a mess. people to have wait for hours, sometimes days to get on the ships. that's one of the reasons that the ferries are often overloaded. >> how many more of our brothers, sisters, mothers must
die before people do something? rich people and government officials travel by plane, so they don't to have care about this. >> he he may never find his brother. recovery operations here are notoriously slow. over 100 passengers still missing, the same is true for a ferry that capsized in may. >> the water is very bad in that area. our own vessels are being thrown around by the waivers. it's difficult for us to carry out the rescue operations smoothly. >> even when they manage to stay afloat, the ships pose enormous problems for people. >> this is the ferry to the island, the longest route in bangladesh, taking three hours from one port to the other. that's nothing compared to the waiting times to get on or off these vessels. >> sometimes, a group will come with a dead body that they hope to bury in their home village. the corpse will be rotting while
waiting for the ferry. that's the hardest thing. >> trucks with produce spend days wait to go board. it's not unusual for the entire load to go bad. >> there are 60-70 trucks waiting in line to bet into the ferry. i've waited for four days now. >> it's the same story year after year and nothing ever seems to get done. most passengers are some of the poorest people in the country. because of that, many are convinced that nothing will change. aljazeera, bangladesh. >> columbia is in the grip of severe drought and one of the worst affected regions is the north, the home of the indigenous group which has barely seen rain for two years. it is blamed for hundreds of death there, including children. we have a report. >> every day, she and her son travel under a blistering sun in search of water.
their part of the people that for centuries have inhabited this arid peninsula in northern colombia. water here has always been scarce, but a continuing drought means getting hold of it has become an almost impossible task. >> our reserves would last a year and rain would come, but they are gone now. >> like many, she walks all the way to this government filled we also, hours from home. what she finds is salt water, barely fit to drink. >> this water makes us sick. it gives us stomachation and diarrhea, especially to the kids, but it's all we have. >> collected rain, traditional reserves used to be the main source for clean and potable water. without the rain, most of them,
like this one, have gone dry. not a single drop has fallen on the territory in two years their crops are gone and the animals are thin and weak. community leader remembers a different time. >> our water would be fresh. we would get rain every three months and abundant food. i worry for our children and elders, but mostly for the little ones. >> some settlements are four or five hours away from the closest town, leaving them isolated. the government's human rights office estimates almost 40,000 children are showing signs of malnourishment. >> many still think this is just a longer summer and they pray to their sun god for rain, but they are truly at risk. their traditions and world view
make them vulnerable to the changing climate. 24 children died last year, but we are afraid this is underestimated. >> they have managed to strike a very delicate balance with their difficult environment. as the climate changes, so does their land, threatening their very survival. >> still to come on the aljazeera news hour. >> i'm in northwestern british columbia where big energy are causing conflict in coastal areas. >> ahead of the new english premier league season. @ - all .
al jazeera america, take a new look at news. >> canada has the world's third largest petroleum reserves, but get you go it to ports in asia proves challenging. a new pipeline project goes through untouched wilderness. we record from canada. >> from canada's landlocked oil sands to mountainous shore, the gateway pipeline is supposed to carry to super tankers bound for asia. in june, it got a green light from the federal government. opposition is growing. protesters in the city, coastal community, fisherman and tourist guides object. >> we have a sustainable forest
industry, fishery, blossoming tourism industry and everything that northern gateway represents jeopardizes all we are talking about. we don't need a product that will destroy the rest of the economy that we already have. >> that opinion resonates here in the port at the end of the pipeline. residents have already voted to reject the project and town council followed suit, yet local business and unions who's members benefit from pipeline work hold out hope. >> construction time will see many thousands of workers here. we're looking for what's after the construction period. many jobs were lost and i think it's the approach will bring probably another 1,000 people full time jobs, well paying jobs back into this town. >> the super tankers making their way through these coastal waters horrifies people who live
and work along the coast. canada needs to get their oil to market, increasingly asia. that's why the northern gateway pipeline approved but beset with challenges is not alone. there are three other big proposals to pipe alberta oil west, including one by an entrepreneur with approval from many first nations along the route. >> first nations people aren't opposed to development, but it has to be done on their terms. always the number one issue is going to be the environment. >> whether it's northern gateway, the contentious key stone x.l. project or others, crude oil pipelines are becoming more, not less controversial here. >> building pipelines are a natural priority. part of the challenge is that we're not having a national dialogue about it. we need to understand that the various groups involved all have valid interests. >> if ways aren't found to
balance interests to protect water and wildlife and win support from local communities, the new pipe lines may nat be built for years, if at all. realizing its vast petroleum potential is a challenge for canada. >> time for sport. >> thank you so much. play has just gotten underway in the final round of the pga championships. it has been delayed for two hours due to water logged conditions in kentucky. we take look at fine round where roar. >> mcilroy takes the lead. the leader board going into the final days, on saturday, the northern irish man birdied three of the last four holes. >> golf was once condemned as a bourgeois past time, but chinese
are taking up the sport in record numbers. >> it could already boast about the world's biggest golf resort and the there are hundreds more courses to come if current growth forecasts are accurate. china likes its golf. >> there are more young people playing and it's becoming more popular since becoming an olympic sport. >> weekends are always busy on the course, but even weekdays, there are more people playing. >> growing an impressive 10% a year, it's estimated china is now a country of 1 million golfers. that's still huge potential for growth, especially when it's so easy. >> making it look even easier, and without even cheating are ever younger players, with parents able to afford coaching summer camps like this one. >> i've watched in 10 different
countries and i've never seen the growth of golf like this in my life. >> once condemned by the communist leaders, membership is highly prized by china's upper class. a 10-year-old ban on new course protection to protect the environment has been largely ignored and the industry boomed. development has been patchy with a number of failed project, as evidence. parts of china are facing an over supply. resort developers, though, believe in the long term vision of china as a golfing super power. >> the opportunities for golf in this country is limitless. 1.4 billion, all it would take is plea% of the population to play the game and you have 40 million plus golfers, which is the world's biggest, biggest golfing country. >> with so many players, courses like this one are probably already hosting future chinese
champions. rob mcbride, aljazeera, southern china. >> prepared for the new english premier season, putting arsenal ahead in the 21st minute. the gunner's double their lead shortly before the break. aaron ramsey with arsenal's second of the night. manchester city looks like a shadow of the league that won last season. it's the second piece of silverware in three months. he went nine years without a trophy before winning the cup back in may. >> venus williams was beaten in montreal. winning the first set before claiming the second, the
25-year-old's first tournament win of the 2014 season. >> roger federer in the final rogers cup in toronto. the 17 time grand slam champion was up against lopez in the semifinals. the swiss star was in great form, taking control from the start to dispatch the spaniard in straight as he said 6-3, 6-4. >> sri lanka has beaten pakistan. they scored a victory without much trouble, now lead the series 1-0. >> nascar champion tony stewart pulled out of the sunday's sprint cup after killing a fellow driver saturday. he struck 20-year-old kevin moore junior after he claimed out of his car following a crash. he was taken to hospital, but died from his injuries.
>> every year, competitors from all over the globe descend on spain for one of the oldest and largest races. the river race dates back to 1929 and this year's event attracted 200,000 spectators. we have more. >> what you're about to witness seems like sporting madness. it's one of canoeing's biggest, oldest and wackiest races, over 900 competitors sprinting to their canoes and then fighting their way into just 50 square meters of water. it's chaotic, so very different from where the race began, back in 1929. >> the first race was a funny experience for pretends who was haling and stopped to enjoy the river, but with the next year, they move to more competition
even and probably they lose the original idea. >> this, the 78th event attracted competitors from 16 different countries. >> we've heard all about it and we couldn't miss it. >> we had a very nice race. >> i just heard it's one of the most prestigious races in the world. we came to experience it for ourselves. >> a remarkable 200,000 spectators dress up and descend every year, most of the them modeling giant heads. the legend and meaning to the madness both on and off the river. it's a celebration of mythical water creatures, giants and kings, at one time said to protect local crops here. the river and kayakers, the festival party that follows the race down river is a costumed
bonanza. the actual course is 20 kilometers to the spanish coast. two local men won this year in a dramatic sprint finish. they'll never forget the start. >> i think you've just got to get in your boat and hopefully with your partner and not fall out. from there, yeah, so you can out last the others. >> whether you're a man in a barrel, a professional canoest or simply like messing about on or in the water, they say a river race attracts an annual host of pilgrims. aljazeera, northern spain. >> that's all your sport for now. >> thank you. >> so many decades, south africa's apartheid made arts only available to the white majority, including ballet. now some of the nation's poorest
neighborhoods are creating a new generation of dancers. we report from johannesburg. ♪ ♪ >> russian dancers bring an international flair to the ballet thussists. it's a rare treat especially for young people watching the performance. most come from poor neighborhoods, with poverty and violent crime everywhere. for a few hours, they are transported to pirouettes, style, grace and beauty, a world where it's ok to dream. >> i love teaching and choreographing. that's the best part of seeing. >> the children practice after school and lesson freers. they start with the basics. getting the moves right is difficult and painful, but they seemingly enjoy the discomfort. >> that one is to stretch and i want to bend like a ballet. i want to be a ballet girl.
>> today, there is a special treat, a lesson from russian choreographer. he wants them to learn team work, discipline, focus and hopefully to dream of becoming great dancers. >> i hope that they will be happy. i hope our show will make them not just like ballet. i hope our show makes them love ballet, and hopefully after the shows, they start to work hard, work with the so you will. >> ballet in south africa is still predominantly white, partly because the lessons are expensive. there are only a few black professional ballet dancers. these children hope to one day change that. >> that's it for this news hour. i will be back in a moment with more of the day's news for you. stay with us. us.
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